Owners of buildings higher than six (6) stories must have exterior walls and appurtenances inspected every five (5) years and a technical façade report must be electronically filed with the Department through DOB NOW: Safety.
FISP Reports must be submitted electronically through DOB NOW: Safety. Once a Registered Design Professional (RDP) meets the required experience and qualifications they will be able to apply for a QEWI (Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector) status that will enable them to file FISP reports in DOB NOW: Safety.
A design professional must first create an eFiling account with the Department. If the RDP is a QEWI, once registered in eFiling, the Department’s Façades Unit must be contacted at façades@buildings.nyc.gov to be granted access to DOB NOW: Safety.
To register in eFiling if you are a QEWI
NYC Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10007
Once your account has been confirmed, you must contact the Department’s Façade Unit at email@example.com to be granted access as a QEWI to DOB NOW: Safety.
Building owners must open a Department eFiling account to give consent to all the QEWI’s reports.
To register if you are an Owner or Owner Representative
For more information on how to create and submit a report in DOB NOW: Safety, please refer to the DOB NOW: Safety training manuals.
Once the report has been submitted, it follows an internal process beginning with an Administrative Review, followed by a Plan Examiner Review, and then either an Accepted or Rejected disposition. The current status of the report will be displayed on a ribbon located at the top of the QEWI’s dashboard in DOB NOW: Safety.
The report must comply with 1 RCNY 103-04, including but not limited to inspection, reporting and filing requirements. Any omissions may be grounds for rejecting the report.
Please take notice that the following items are frequently omitted or not complied with:
Provide clear statement ‘there are no unsafe conditions’ for all of the exterior walls, including areas not mentioned in the unsafe report.
Clearly indicate that the unsafe conditions ‘item by item’ have been corrected and how they were corrected.
Indicate if a work permit was required and if yes, please provide a copy.
All open ECB violations and complaints regarding the façade must be addressed/corrected. (please review BIS records for the most up-to-date information)